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Tequila & Taco Fest: The Seventh Annual Tequila & Taco Fest will be from 1-5 p.m. March 7 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 8 at Seascape Towne Centre in Miramar Beach. Sample over 40 different types of Tequilas and taste some of the best Margaritas of your life. A variety of local restaurants will compete for the Best Taco on The Emerald Coast with a first place prize of $2,500. Fun for the whole family, test your arm in the “Pepito’s Tortilla,” tossing contest, face painting for the little amigos, and music from “Meringue 4.” This is a rain or shine event, and no refunds will be given. Purchase tickets at https://www.eventliveus.com/purchase/event/1311999.
Mattie Kelly Arts Center: Dance the music of Beethoven and Bernstein March 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25/adult, $16/youth. Guest conductor Steven Byess leads the NFSO in an evening of rhythmic music celebrating the elements of dance. Purchase at https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/.
Stars of Tomorrow/An Evening at the Opera: April 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25/adult, $16/youth. The NFSO season finale will open with performances from the winners of the 33rd Annual Concerto Competition. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale will then join the orchestra performing opera choruses from popular operas. Maestro David Hoose will be the guest conductor for this show.
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Boukou Grooveat 7 p.m. March 11 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf.
March 18: The Shakedown
March 25: Forrest Williams Band
April 1: Emerald Coast Blues Brothers
April 8: TBA
April 15: Tusk
April 22: TBA
April 29: Satisfaction
May 6: The Good Lookings
May 13: Casey Kearney
May 20: The Blenders
May 27: Chris Alvarado
LIVE@TheREP: A songwriter from New Orleans, a teller of stories with an undeniable voice, Andrew Duhon performs at 7:30 p.m. March 12 at The REP in Seaside. Tickets are $30 and $24 for REP Members at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ltr.
My One And Only:: Kassie and Benjamin meld old-school country, singer-songwriter, and alternative folk-rock into a sound that can only be described as “Southern-Soul and Curious-Grit” at 7:30 p.m. March 26 at The REP. Tickets: $30 and $24 for REP Members.
Sofia Talvik: A rare artist with a voice comparable to giants like Joni Mitchell performs at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at The REP. Tickets: $30 and $24 for REP Members.
Bubbly Baytowne: Enjoy an evening full of free champagne and shopping as you Sip and Shop through the Village of Baytowne streets from 5-6 p.m. March 12. This event is free and for 21 and up only. The village will be open to the public.
World’s Greatest Baby Shower: The Healthy Start Coalition of Okaloosa and Walton Counties will host The World’s Greatest Baby Shower from 5:30-8 p.m. March 12 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. This event is especially designed for expectant parents, new parents who have had a baby within the last three months, and their families. There will be 50+ informative exhibits highlighting topics such as parenting, prenatal health, new baby care and community resources. There will also be numerous prizes, guest bags, and light refreshments. Admission is free and no pre-registration is required. For more information, call 833-9284 or visit www.healthystartokawalton.org.
President’s Speaker Series: Three diverse speakers, each sharing their stories of overcoming adversity to reach their personal goals, will be presented at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The speaker’s series are free, but seating is limited. Dale Berra, the son of Yogi Berra, is a former Major League Baseball infielder who played from 1977 to 1987. However, cocaine slowly took Dale’s promising career away, and it could have taken his life if it wasn’t for his father’s love. He will speak March 13 at 7:30 p.m.
St. Patty's Day Delight- Paint the Village Green: Celebrate the Luck of the Irish at The Village of Baytowne Wharf from 6-9 p.m. March 17 featuring Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance and live music from The Blenders.
NWFL Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club: Northwest Florida Retired Officers' Wives' Club luncheon begins at 10:30 a.m. March 19 at Two Trees Restaurant at FWB Golf Course, 1955 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. Program will be a Fashion Show from the Eglin BX. Cost is $15. Wives of retired officers from all services are welcome. RSVP for lunch at NWFloridaROWC@gmail.com.
Sunday Cinema: Grab a lawn chair or blanket and cozy up on the Events Plaza Lawn at Baytowne Wharf for “Moana” at 7:15 p.m. March 22.
March 29: Toy Story 4
April 5: Ralph Breaks the Internet
May 17: Monsters University
May 31: Frozen 2
Broadway shows at MKAC: The Mattie Kelly Arts Center presents The Choir of Man March 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $37. It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a real working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography.
• The SpongeBob Musical: May 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets $49. Broadway’s best creative minds re-imagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in “a party for the eyes and ears.” (Daily Beast).
Emerald Ball: The Sacred Heart Foundation’s Second Annual Emerald Ball is March 28 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. The black-tie gala, presented by Howard Group, will benefit the expansion of the cardiac and spine programs at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast. Guests are encouraged to wear shades of emerald for the elegant event. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, dancing and entertainment by Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisters, a wine and bourbon pull and a photo booth. Individual tickets are available for $150 and include reserved seating, dinner and two drink tickets. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.sacredheartemeraldball.com.
Vettes at the Village: Vettes at the Village returns from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 28 to the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Area corvette clubs bring "America's Sports Car" to the Events Plaza. Event is free.
Biophilia Easter Egg Hunt: Come meet the Easter Bunny and participate in age-divided egg hunts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28 at E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center in Freeport. Participate in Egg Olympics games, interact with live animals and get your face painted. Cost is $10/child and registration required at www.eowilsoncenter.org.
Golf Tournament: Food For Thought will return to the Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club April 9 for their Ninth Annual Charity Golf Tournament. Festivities will begin at 10:30 a.m. with light food, refreshments and check-in/registration, followed by a noon shotgun start. An awards ceremony and after party follows at the clubhouse of the Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club. All proceeds support the work of fighting childhood hunger in Walton and Okaloosa Counties. For registration options, visithttps://fftfl.org/.
Pescado Offers Easter Brunch: Pescado in Rosemary Beach is offering an Easter Brunch April 12, Easter Sunday. All ages are welcome and guests over 21 years old will enjoy a welcome mimosa or bloody mary. A buffet will be prepared by Chef Ken Duenas and sushi will be provided by Chef James Sargent of Shaka Sushi and Noodle Bar. The cost is $70 per person and $30 for children 10 years old and younger. A 7% tax and 20% gratuity will be added to each bill. Pescado will have two seatings available, one at 10 a.m. and one at 12:30 p.m. Call 850-213-4600 to make your reservation.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast: The main season will come to a cinematic finale at the Emerald Coast Convention Center with “Jurassic Park in Concert” at 7:30 p.m. May 16. Experience it projected in HD with Sinfonia Gulf Coast performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture. Purchase tickets at http://www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org/web/events.aspx.
May 24: The season comes to an official close with Sinfonia Goes Pops!, presented al fresco on the amphitheater lawn at Alys Beach at 7:30 p.m. This patriotic, family-friendly concert is free and open to the public and concludes with a festive firework display.
Preschool Story Hour Class: Walton County Coastal Branch Library Preschool Story Hour meets every Thursday at 10 a.m. with stories, sing-along songs, and crafts. Topsail State Park Rangers present “Read with a Ranger” story time with books about beaches, shores and state park on the first Thursday of each month. Visit the Library to pick up your reading log, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, for sticker rewards. Parents and caregivers with a heart for reading aloud to primary age children with a desire to participate are welcome volunteers. No registration is required.
Dungeons & Dragons Club: Walton County Coastal Branch Library Dungeons & Dragons Club for Middle School grades 5-8 meet on Fridays from 3-4 p.m. in the community room of the library. Learn to play the world's greatest role play game. Beginners welcome. This club is hosted by the library and managed by middle school students after school. No registration needed.
Tail Waggin’ Tutors: Walton County Coastal Branch Library hosts “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” reading program for children on Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m. in the children’s area of the library. Readers of all ages can read to Therapy Dog International (TDI) certified dogs with their handlers for study time, homework or fun. Children are able to read in a comfortable setting with a non-judgmental listener plus make new canine friends. Duffy, Sydney, and Buster Brown are looking forward to all fellow readers visiting the library. Pick out your favorite stories and read along. TDI is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registration of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals and libraries.
Third Thursday Wine Walk: Join the Gulf Place Merchants for a South Walton tradition at 5 p.m. every third Thursday of the month. Tickets are $20 and include samplings of hand-selected wines, light appetizers, live music and giveaways. Check in at 5 p.m. at the stage to receive a complimentary glass and walkabout map.
Family Fun Fest: Join in the free fun Friday nights for Family Fun Fest from 6-10 p.m. at Seascape Towne Centre, located near Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach. Event features live music performances, food and drink specials and kid-friendly activities, including face painting and a live magic show.
Library Skills Class for Kids: The Walton County Coastal Library will host Library Skills Class for Kids from 11 a.m. to noon the second Thursday of each month. Parents are welcome to participate. The intention is to provide students the opportunity to develop skills in reading, oral communication, thinking and reasoning, ability to search out information using reference material and to develop basic library skills. No registration needed.
Peer to Peer Support Group: Mental Health Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties is sponsoring a Peer to Peer Support Group every Thursday at Santa Rosa Beach Community Church, Room 206, 3524 US Hwy 98, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Whether you want to learn new life skills or better understand Mental Health Recovery, you will find support here. The group is open to adults (18+), free to participate, confidential, and guided by trained peer facilitators. For more information, call the Mental Health Association in Fort Walton Beach at 244-1040.
Dungeons and Dragons Club: Walton County Coastal Branch Library will host the club Fridays from 3:30-5 p.m. for ages ninth grade to 25. Pre-register at the Coastal Library or post on the Friends of Coastal Library Facebook D&D Club. Each meeting will be set in a rich fantasy world that will be developed and expanded upon by the choices you make while playing. This is a pen and paper role playing game where players will have to investigate mysteries, solve puzzles and defeat a goblin or two. All materials will be provided. For more information, call 267-2809.
Tai Chi Tuesday: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park will host Tai Chi Tuesday the third Tuesday of each month. Seated Tai Chi is 8:30-9:15 a.m. and Standing Tai Chi is 9:30-10:15 a.m. Class fee is $13 and does not include park admission. Call the park store at 267-8333 for more information.
Good Grief luncheons: An Emerald Coast Hospice lunch is open to anyone who has experienced a loss and is looking for some support and company through the grieving process. We encourage attendees to also bring a friend or family member. Everyone orders off the menu and pays for his or her own lunch. To RSVP, call 837-2589. Third Monday lunch is at Olive Garden Destin and third Tuesday lunch is at Applebee’s Miramar Beach, 8670 Hwy. 98 West.
Healing Walking Group: The Emerald Coast Hospice walking group is open to bereaved individuals who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. Walk and talk, at a relaxed pace, with others who are grieving and share ideas, comfort and companionship from 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays in Miramar Beach and Thursdays in Destin. RSVP at 837-2589Turtle Talk Tuesdays: While enjoying coffee, tea, and sweet treats, a South Walton Turtle Watch volunteer will talk about sea turtles from 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays at Amavida Coffee, 104 North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Ask questions and get information, stickers, and sometimes see preserved specimens.
Family Challenge: Check in at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park camp store between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays for the challenge package. When completed, return to camp store for a treat.
Sunday Pickin’ at The Bay: The Bay Restaurant, on the Choctawhatchee Bay at the southern foot of the 331 bridge, will host Sunday Pickin’ at The Bay every Sunday. Local musician Mike Whitty and Friends will get together in the garden for a jam session. All local musicians are invited to come and join in. Happy Hour is from 7-9 p.m.
Parkinson’s Caregiver Support Group: Caregivers of persons suffering with Parkinson’s disease are invited to attend the Parkinson’s caregiver support group meeting hosted by Somerby Senior Living and Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 10 at Somerby Senior Living, 164 West Hewett Road in Santa Rosa Beach. The group will meet the second Tuesday of each month. Refreshments are provided. For more information, call 660-6037 or 278-3770.
Geocache Around Topsail: Explore Topsail Hill Preserve State Park with a special 10 station geocache program from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Check in at the camp store for your coordinates. Upon completion, return to the camp store for a prize.
Beach Service: Worship at the beach with Hope Lutheran Church from 8-9 a.m. at Ed Walline Regional Beach Access across on Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a towel, chair, or stand on the boardwalk. Call 267-0322.
45 Central Wine Bar: Enjoy live music with Tropic Breeze from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays in Santa Rosa Beach.
30A Farmers’ Market: Walk through the park like setting with shade trees, a fountain, cobblestone walkways and visit friendly farmers and bakers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Seascape Resort Towne Centre in Miramar Beach.
Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market: The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in Grand Park in Miramar Beach between Cantina Laredo and Tommy Bahama’s. Vendors will offer locally sourced food-based items including produce, eggs, milk, butter, grass-fed beef, chicken, lamb, and pork, honey, pickled vegetables and gourmet jams. Market is held on Wednesdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Seaside Farmers Market: Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.
Vintage Market: New in Santa Rosa Beach is the Vintage Market at Elmore’s Landing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday. Check out various artists and unique vintage finds along with food and produce.